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La Roux Costume 



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La Roux Costume 



Written By: Becky Stern 



TOOLS: 



Cutting mat (1) 
Iron (1) 

Ironing board (1) 
Laser cutter (1) 
Needle and thread (1) 
Rotary cutter (1) 
Ruler (1) 
Scissors (1) 
Seam ripper (1) 
Sewing machine (1) 



PARTS: 



White blazer or jacket (1) 
Fabric (1) 
Sewing thread (1) 
1 8" acrylic (1) 
White sneakers (1) 
Black dress or tank top (1) 
Leggings (1) 



SUMMARY 

Last year on the MAKE YouTube channel, commenters started saying I looked like the 
singer from the English synth-pop duo La Roux. Here's how to get the Mondrian jacket look 
from the video for their song Bulletproof . You can also make your own "neo cameo" necklace 
with a laser cutter and these files on Thingiverse . 

Find more photos in my La Roux costume Flickr set . 



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Step 1 — La Roux Costume 



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• Find a plain white blazer or jacket to start. Try thrift stores or Etsy vintage. 

• Remove pockets (if it has any) from the jacket with a seam ripper. 

Step 2 




• Create a pattern from one of the pockets by tracing it onto paper. 

• Use a ruler to "square off" the corners. 



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Step 3 




• Cut pockets from a thick folded layer of each colored fabric. 

• Make sure the fold is at the top edge of the pocket. 



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• The yellow and green pockets are rectangular, so I squared up my pattern before cutting 
the square red and blue ones. 



Step 4 




• Cut and iron a ton of 3/4" wide black binding. If I had to do it over, I'd probably order some 
black bias tape. 



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Step 5 




• Pin binding around 3 raw sides of pockets, leaving the layered fold at the top. 



Step 6 




• Straighten the front flaps of the jacket by opening up the seam with a seam ripper. 

• Cut off the excess fabric and use an iron to press in a new, straighter flap. Sew with white 
thread. 



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Step 7 




• Pin and sew binding to jacket around the front edges, inside of collar, and cuffs. 

• Because the bottom front corners of my jacket weren't square, I fudged it by extending the 
binding out past the edge. 

Step 8 




• Pin and sew on pockets! 

• There's a bit of binding detailing over the shoulders and on the sides as well. 



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Step 9 




• Sew on five black buttons. Don't 
worry about buttonholes, you'll 
wear the jacket open! 



Step 10 




• Grab the "neo cameo" necklace laser cutter files on Thingiverse: 
http://www.thingiverse.eom/thing:4436 

• Hang acrylic pieces from a long chain. 



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Step 11 





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• Pair with a long black tank top or 
short dress and some leggings. 

• Plain white or striped sneakers 
complete the look. 

• Don't forget the signature hair and 
Bowie eye makeup! 

• Find more photos in my La Roux 
costume Flickr set. 



This document was last generated on 2012-1 1-04 12:12:44 AM. 



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